When the Mets acquired George Altman from the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963 they thought they were getting an outfielder who would be the cornerstone of the team for the next few years. After all he was only 30 years old and a former All Star. But his tenure with the Mets was disappointing to say the least. He made his Met debut in the first game played at Shea Stadium on April 17th, 1964 as the starting right fielder and went 0 for 4. It would be a sign of things to come as Altman, a career .285 hitter, wound up hitting just .230 for the Mets in 124 games. However, he did put up decent power numbers with 9 home runs and 47 RBIs. His best game with the Mets came on May18th against the San Francisco Giants when he went 3 for 4 and hit a 3 run homer in the top of the 8th inning in the Mets 4-2 victory.
Following the season George Altman was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Billy Cowan. He played three seasons with the Cubs before finishing his career playing in Japan.
While with the Mets Altman wore number 2.
George Altman also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 1959-1962, 1965-1967
St. Louis Cardinals – 1963